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Risk And Farm Size In The Pastoral Zone


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  • Jock R. Anderson


Variable performance over time is an important feature of wool growing in the eastern pastoral zone of Australia. An analysis of time series data from the Australian Sheep Industry Survey indicates that standard deviation of net farm income is related more or less linearly to size of firm and increases with size at about the same rate as does average net income. A tentative conclusion is drawn that large farms have had a slight tendency to experience less variable rates of return than small farms. However, it is found that farms that have experienced relatively variable returns have tended to enjoy average rates of return above those of other farms of similar size.

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Article provided by Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society in its journal Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics.

Volume (Year): 16 (1972)
Issue (Month): 1 (04)
Pages: 1-10

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Handle: RePEc:bla:ajarec:v:16:y:1972:i:1:p:1-10

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  1. Chisholm, Anthony H., 1971. "A Comparison Of Income Averaging Procedures For Income Tax Purposes," Australian Journal of Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 15(01), April.
  2. Fisher, I N & Hall, George R, 1969. "Risk and Corporate Rates of Return," The Quarterly Journal of Economics, MIT Press, vol. 83(1), pages 79-92, February.
  3. Davidson, Bruce Robinson, 1967. "The Comparative Profitability and Efficiency of Agriculture in Different Regions of Australia," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 35(04), December.
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  1. Anderson, Jock R., 1979. "Impacts of Climatic Variability in Australian Agriculture: A Review," Review of Marketing and Agricultural Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 47(03), December.
  2. Pardey, Philip G., 1978. "The diffusion of trace element technology: an economic analysis," Faculty Theses and Dissertations 121798, University of Minnesota, Department of Applied Economics.
  3. Jock R. Anderson & William E. Griffiths, 1981. "Production Risk And Input Use: Pastoral Zone Of Eastern Australia," Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society, vol. 25(2), pages 149-159, 08.


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